Panorama Route Explorer

14 Days in the North - 2,500km

Highlights: Drakensberge - St. Lucia - Swaziland - Kruger NP - Blyde River Canyon - Tzaneen

Day 1

Meet and Greet in Johannesburg on arrival and transfer to your accommodation in Fourways to freshen up before we embark on a tour to SoWeTo, South Africa’s largest Township. Our local guide joins us and takes us on a journey of discovery through this lively city within a city. Perhaps we have a chance to catch up with some local motorcycle riders at one of their local hangouts and enjoy a local beer at the shebeen before we return to our accommodation in the afternoons. Welcome dinner and tour briefing in a restaurant in Johannesburg.

Overnight: Johannesburg, Dinner, bed & Breakfast

Day 2

After the formalities for the motorcycle rentals have been sorted we head out for a warm up tour into the Gauteng Countryside. Our first stop is the impressive Hartebeesport Dam. The Dam is used primarily for irrigation and recreational water sports. From her we head into the Magaliesberg Mountains and enjoy the scenery on our way to the Cradle of Humankind. We end our day at the Maropeng Visitors Centre with an underground boat trip and a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves before returning to our accommodation. Dinner at a restaurant in Johannesburg

Overnight: Johannesburg, Dinner, bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Today we get an early start and head through Maize Country on our way towards the Vaal Dam. In Deynesville we stop to visit the Motorcycle Museum and enjoy a chat at the biker bar at the Lake View Inn before continuing along the shores of the dam towards the might Barrier of Spears. After exploring the town of Clarens we ride through the Golden Gate National Park and on to our accommodation in the mountains. Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Drakensberg, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 4

Perhaps enjoy an early morning walk in the mountains before breakfast. Today we ride along the Midlands Meander and you could be forgiven for thinking we were in the English countryside. Waving children and cattle and goats will quickly remind you that we are indeed in Africa and a visit to the capture site of Nelson Mandela provides insight into the history of Madiba and his Long Walk to Freedom. In the afternoon we wind our way back to the foothills of the mighty Drakensberg Mountains and check into our accommodation in Underberg. Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight: Underberg, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 5

Today we embark on a trip up the famous Sani Pass. The awe-inspiring Sani Pass climbs the face of the escarpment to an altitude of 2874m and into the “Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho”. It is the getaway to the “Roof of Africa”. The scenery is breathtaking and attracts visitors from all over the world. Originally developed as a bridal path in 1913, the pass served as an important link between the Underberg district and the remote settlement of Mokhotlong, in north-eastern Lesotho. The first vehicle negotiated the path in 1948. It is now used for the most part by 4×4 vehicles and has become the highlight of the Southern Drakensberg. The tour will reveal the history of the pass, geology of the mountains, flora & fauna, and a unique experience with the Basotho people. The highest pub in Africa offers a cold beer & lunch before the descent back to Underberg.

Overnight: Underberg, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 6

After breakfast we head for the coast. We wind our way along the Natal South Coast through the seaside villages up to Durban. From here the Valley of a 1000 Hills beckons and we head its call following the undulating hills into King Shaka’s land. The chief welcomes us to his village and after a tour we are treated to a performance of African Dancing before enjoying dinner.

Overnight: Shakaland, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 7

After breakfast the young boys of the villages demonstrate the art of stick fighting and you have the opportunity to give it a try before we head for the Elephant Coast. After checking in at our accommodation we embark on a boat cruise on the Estuary to view crocodiles and hippos. Dinner in St. Lucia.

Overnight. St. Lucia, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 8

Today we depart early and ride up to the Hluhluwe/Impfolozi Game Reserve where we meet up with our ranger and his open safari vehicle. We enjoy a 3 hour open vehicle safari in the Reserve including a picnic breakfast before returning to our bikes and heading up the coast to Sodwana Bay. Return to St. Lucia in the late afternoon.

Overnight. St. Lucia, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 9

Today’s Ride takes us into the Kingdom of Swaziland. Leaving Zululand and South Africa behind, we head for the Ezulweni Valley. After a little shopping at the craft markets in Manzini we reach our destination deep in the forest in the afternoon.

Overnight: Swaziland, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 10

After breakfast we head back towards South Africa enjoying the winding roads of northern Swaziland. A short photo stop at the Maguga Dam before we continue to the border where we stop to enjoy a light lunch and get some insight into Swazi Culture at the Matsamo Cultural Village. In the afternoon we make our way into the Lowveld to Hazyview.

Overnight: Hazyview, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 11

Today we get an early start and leave the bikes behind at our accommodation as we head into the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing in an open safari vehicle with a ranger. We enjoy a packed breakfast and a picnic lunch in the park.

Overnight: Hazyview, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 12

Today’s journey takes us through lush green forests, mountain passes and spectacular scenery await us on today’s journey as we ride along the panorama route. We follow the meanderings of the Olifants and Blyde rivers on our way to Tzaneen. The day is filled with many photographic highlights and winding roads past waterfalls, through valleys and across mountains. After a refreshing swim we enjoy dinner at our guesthouse this evening.

Overnight: Tzaneen, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 13

After breakfast we head back towards Johannesburg. Our route takes us through Limpopo and on into the North West Province. We stop in Bela Bela (Warm Baths) in the afternoon for refreshments before making our way to our accommodation.

Overnight: Johannesburg, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 14

After breakfast transfer to OR Tambo International Airport in time for flight home.

End of Tour